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Ryan Duncan wins Hobey Baker Memorial Award
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 04/06/2007
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UND's Ryan Duncan was named the 2007 recipient of the Hobey Baker Award.
Courtesy: Kory Wallen,

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- UND men's hockey sophomore forward Ryan Duncan won the 2007 Hobey Baker Memorial Award today as college hockey's top player.

Duncan, from Calgary, Alberta, is only the second Fighting Sioux player to receive the award. UND's Tony Hrkac won the award in 1987.

Duncan was honored with the Hobey Baker tonight at the Scottrade Center, where the NCAA Frozen Four is being held.

Duncan was one of three Hobey Baker Award "Hat Trick Finalists," joining Notre Dame senior goalie David Brown and Air Force junior forward Eric Ehn.

Duncan was UND's first Hobey Hat Trick Finalist since Zach Parise in 2004.

Ryan Duncan
University of North Dakota
Position: Forward
5-6, 158
Year in School: Sophomore
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
High School: Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Faribault, Minn. (2004)
Previous Team: Salmon Arm (BCHL)
NHL rights: Undrafted


AHCA 1st team All-American ... WCHA Player of the Year ... First Team All-WCHA ... WCHA All-Academic ... Inside College Hockey's national player of the year and INCH first team All-American ... Finished season with points in 16 of his last 18 games ... In that 18-game stretch, he had 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points ... He finished the season with 31 goals and 26 assists for 57 points, the fourth-most points in the nation ... His 31 goals were second-best in the nation ... Had 17 power play goals, tying a single-season school record (Doug Smail had 17 in 1979-80) and six game-winning goals ... Also had a game-tying goal and a shorthanded goal to his credit ... Has +14 plus/minus rating ... WCHA scoring champion ... Had four points (one goal, three assists) in NCAA West Regional) ... Had goal and assist in WCHA Final Five ... In the regular season, he led the WCHA with 39 points on 22 goals, 17 assists seven points ahead of second-place finisher (St. Cloud State’s Ryan Lasch) ... UND’s first scoring champion since Brandon Bochenski shared league scoring title in 2003-04 ... Duncan led all WCHA players in points, goals, power play goals and game-winning goals in both league play and overall ... Three-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Jan. 30) and’s Jan. 30 National Player of the Week ... Tournament MVP at Dartmouth’s Dec. 29-30 Ledyard National Bank Tournament Championship in Hanover, N.H., after leading UND to tournament title by producing four points (including three goals) in the tournament ... Led Sioux to a 4-1 win over host Dartmouth and 4-2 win over St. Lawrence in championship game ... Helped UND win that tournament while three teammates were playing in World Junior tournament ... Had seven points (four goals, three assists) in two-game series (Jan. 26-27) at No. 1-ranked Minnesota, leading UND to sweep of series ... Has eight multigoal games this season and 17 multipoint games this season, including a four-point game and six other three-point games to his credit ... Had 10-game point-scoring streak from Jan. 20 to March 2 ... Helped lead UND to a .760 winning percentage (17-4-4) in the second half of the season, second only to Notre Dame's .792 winning percentage in the second half ... Duncan’s 0.72 goals per game average was third in the nation to Niagara’s Ted Cook (0.86) and Northern Michigan's Mike Santorelli (0.73), and his 1.33 point-per-game average was eighth-best in the nation ... Duncan’s 17 power play goals rank second in the nation behind Cook’s 21 ... Duncan’s 31 goals are the most by a Sioux player since Brandon Bochenski had 35 in 2002-03 ... In the last 15 seasons, only three UND players have scored goals in a season they include Bochenski (35 goals in 2002-03), Lee Goren (34 goals in 1999-00) and Bryan Lundbohm (32 goals in 2000-01) ... Duncan has 47 career goals in his first two seasons at UND -- in the last 10 years, the only Sioux players to score more goals than Duncan in their freshman and sophomore years were Bochenski (52 goals in 2001-02 and 02-03) and Zach Parise (49 goals in 2002-03 and 03-04) ... Has never missed a game in his UND career, playing in 89 straight to start his career ... Has earned second letter.



Appeared in all 46 games as a freshman with 16 goals, 20 assists and 36 points ... Ranked fifth on the team in scoring  and tied for second in game-winning goals (3) ... Had a career-best six-game point streak (4g, 5a) and four-game goal-scoring streak snapped in the Frozen Four ... Had seven points (4g, 3a) in his last four games ... Was named to NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team after collecting two goals and two assists for four points in two games ... Ranked fourth on the team with a +19 plus/minus rating ... Had four points (3g, 1a) in two games at the WCHA Final Five, including the game-winning goal in the championship game vs. St. Cloud State (Mar. 18) ... Had 18 points (8g, 10a) in his last 13 games ... Finished 17th in the national rookie scoring race with 0.78 points per game ... Finished year by not having back-to-back games without a point since a three-game scoreless drought from Jan. 7-14 ... Collected an assist in his collegiate debut vs. Miami (Oct. 8) ... Scored his first goal two games later vs. Northeastern (Oct. 14) ... Added an assist for his first multi-point outing ... Ranked second on the team in shots on goal (132) ... Earned first letter.


Before UND: Spent the 2004-05 season playing for Salmon Arm of the BCHL ... Tied for third in league regular season scoring with team-high 91 points (48 goals, 43 assists) ... His 48 goals last season was club record for rookie ... Had club-record 11 goals in BCHL playoffs in 11 playoff games, also tallied 10 assists for 21 points in playoffs ... In 2003-04 played on Shattuck-St. Mary’s national midget championship team.


Personal: A 2004 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary’s ... Plans to major in business at UND ... Has 3.20 grade point average ... Son of Bob and Debbie Duncan ... Father played forward and lettered for three seasons for the Fighting Sioux from 1968 to 1971.

Community service: Activities in which Duncan has participated include skating with Grand Forks area youth and participating with UND hockey team visits to local hospitals over the Christmas holiday. These visits involve meeting and delivering gifts to hospitalized children.


Duncan’s Career Statistics


Year    GP       G         A         PTS     PEN    PP       SH       GW    

05-06   46        16        20        36        13/26   5          0          3

06-07   43        31        26        57        17/34   17        1          6

Totals   89        47        46        93        30/60   22        1          9



Year    GP       G         A         PTS     PEN    PP       SH       GW    

05-06   28        9          12        21        11/22   1          0          1

06-07   28        22        17        39        9/18     13        0          4

Totals   56        31        29        60        20/40   14        0          5


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